In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review May 15, 2014 / 15 Iyar, 5774

World focus on Nigerian girls at what cost?

By Cathy Young

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The plight of nearly 300 Nigerian girls kidnapped by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram has drawn the world's attention, with an avalanche of "Bring back our girls" social-media activism, street protests and offers of help from U.S. politicians.

Who wants to naysay a campaign that targets such a human tragedy? Actually, a few critics do -- and they raise valid questions. Does emotion-based activism create pressure for quick solutions that may worsen the bigger problem? Does it skew the picture by singling out some victims based on media appeal, politically fashionable narrative, and even gender bias?

Noah Rothman, a columnist for the media analysis website Mediaite.com, has praised the overdue spotlight on Boko Haram but wondered why it took the abduction of the girls to get such attention -- and not the slaughter of as many as 59 teenage boys at a boarding school in February. In a nighttime attack, some boys were shot in their beds or while trying to flee, and others were locked in the school building and burned alive. Female students were allowed to leave, with an admonishment to get married and shun Western schooling.

Men's rights activists on the Internet have been pointing to this discrepancy as evidence of cultural bias against males, whose lives are seen as "disposable." There's a good deal of hyperbole to these claims; the last big social media campaign for endangered Third World children was on behalf of child soldiers, mostly boys, forcibly recruited by Ugandan terrorist leader Joseph Kony. Nonetheless, the tendency to disproportionately spotlight female victims is real, as noted in the 2005 study "Who Makes the News?," by the Global Media Monitoring Project.

There's an element of traditional chivalry in this attitude, particularly when it comes to young women or girls threatened with sexual slavery. In this case, there's the added element of feminist concern with the assault on women's rights by Islamic extremism. New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristoff frames the issue as one of religious fundamentalists' fear of "smart girls" who threaten their power.

But while this is a very worthy feminist battle, and hostility to women's rights is a key element in jihadism, the attack on girls' education is not the whole story. As the school massacre shows, Boko Haram opposes Western-style, "un-Islamic" education for anyone.

Another rarely mentioned aspect of the bloody reign of Boko Haram, which has reportedly killed at least 1,000 Nigerians this year, is its targeting of Christians. In the British magazine The Spectator, conservative writer Robin Harris criticizes the media for avoiding the fact that most of the abducted girls are Christian, taken from a school in a Christian enclave. The war on women is a trendy topic; the jihadist war on Christians is not.

Some of the latest news illustrates the peril of media-driven selective focus. Boko Haram recently slaughtered at least 300 people in a town that serves as an army base after the soldiers were redeployed to hunt down the abducted girls, leaving the locals unprotected. And now, the group's leader proposes to release the girls if the Nigerian government first frees captured Boko Haram fighters. World attention may push the government to accept the deal -- which would be good news for the girls but would be certain to lead to more terrorism and more kidnappings.

Beyond bringing back the girls, it is time to step up an international effort to neutralize violent Islamist radicalism. Perhaps it's even time to bring back that unfashionable phrase -- "the War on Terror."


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JWR contributor Cathy Young is a regular contributor to Reason magazine, Newsday and Real Clear Politics, where this first appeared. Comment by clicking here.

© 2013, Cathy Young. This originally appeared in Newsday.